One of Europe’s great heritage brands, Lalique is to open a new hotel and gourmet restaurant at Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey on the 400th anniversary of the estate. Sitting pretty in the heart of the Sauternes region, Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey is the third Lalique hotel; there's also the five-star hotel and restaurant Villa René Lalique and Chateau Hochberg which opened in 2016, both situated in Alsace close to the Lalique factory and museum.
Great food, superb wine and ultra-luxe setting: this Chateau has romantic minibreak written all over it. So what's it like inside? Here's an inside look at France's hottest new hotel opening:
With just 13 accommodation options, three of which are suites, the Chateau offers the peace and quiet you crave. Decor was entrusted to designers Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli who created the Lalique Maison collection of furniture and accessories. Lalique touches are everywhere, shining brightly alongside unpolished oak preserving the soul of the historic building.
The rooms are structured with original wooden alcoves, punctuated with touches of earthy colour – think reds, ochres and greens. The lounge (60 sqm) is warm and welcoming with a vast fireplace (perfect for cosy evenings in, just the two of you) and doors leading to a large stone courtyard and a magnificent Lalique bar. A sumptuous library in the centre of the second floor is home to a large collection of books and Lalique works.
The restaurant has been redesigned to house an impressive glass structure overlooking the lush vineyards. Jerome Schilling, the former executive chef at two Michelin star Villa Rene Lalique, presides over the restaurant with a talented team of ten.
Head sommelier, Adrien Cascio has created an ambitious wine list with more than 2,500 wines ranging from new contenders to classics, mainly from Bordeaux.
The chapel is at the heart of the Chateau and has been decorated with Lalique’s most beautiful historic and contemporary works including windows decorated with the ‘Merle et Raisins’ motif by René Lalique and the crystal work of ‘Eternal Belief’ by British artist Damien Hirst.
The Wine Cellars
There are four underground cellars at the property – home to a collection of vintages dating back as far as 1893, with more than 350,000 bottles for guests to admire and share. Sauternes takes pride of place and the cellar is a showcase for Sauternes Crus Classes in a thousand different colours. Yquem 1895 is the oldest in the cellar although Sauternes can be enjoyed from a very early stage.
The Chateau will open its doors visitors to enjoy tours and tastings every day from 10am to 6pm with a wine boutique that offers a selection of Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey’s top wine from 1985 to 2015 as well as various other selections from the Vignobles Silvio Denz range.
Rooms from Euro 250 per night.